How to get to Pompeii from Rome

Just like in the Roman times the path from Rome to Pompeii is still ever popular. Let us take a look at how to get to Pompeii from Rome. In this article will explore the Rome to Pompeii train, driving to Pompeii from Rome and Rome tours to Pompeii.

The Romans used Pompeii as a place for holidays and relaxation, a place to get away from the stifling Roman heat. After Mount Vesuvius lit up the sky in August 79 AD and buried the surrounding lands under lava and ash Pompeii was no more.

Today Pompeii is one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. Some 3 million tourists annually visit the site with many making a day trip from Rome.

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Rome to Pompeii Train

When we visited Pompeii we caught the train from Rome. Make your way to Termini Train station or Rome Central Station. You can get to termini via the Rome Metro lines A.B and B1. Any train trip to Pompeii is made up in 2 parts. Rome to Naples, then Naples to Pompeii by train. The first part getting to Naples is the easiest and most comfortable part of the Pompeii by train from Rome journey.

Rome to Naples Train

  • 111 daily Rome to Naples trains
  • Average time 1 hour 7 minutes
  • From $42 return
  • Rome to Naples is 188km

The trains that run this route are the Frecciarossa. The Frecciarossa trains are Italy’s version of the high speed train. This train travels up to 400km an hour. The trip we took was comfortable and smooth. The Italian countyside flew past in a blurr as you made your way to Naples.

Naples to Pompeii

Now how to get to Pompeii from Naples. You will arrive at the Napoli Garibaldi station from the Rome train. You will have to line up to book tickets on the Circumvesuviana line to the Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station. The platform that the train to Pompeii leaves from is well sign posted.

  • There are 2-3 trains per hour from Naples to Pompeii
  • Tickets starting at $10 return
  • 31 minutes travel time

Be prepared to be packed in on the train. The trains are a local metro line and they are slow and steady to reach the destination. There is a fair chance you will have to stand unless you are one of the first on the train. When you get to the Pompeii Scavi stop, get off the train, exit the station, turn right, and walk about 60 yards to the entrance of the ruins.

A taxi from Naples to Pompeii may also be an option if you have sufficient funds. A taxi will cost you starting around 30 Euro’s every way. I hope these 2 options have shown you how to get to Pompeii from Naples.

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The streets of Pompeii
The streets of Pompeii

Driving to Pompeii

Driving from Rome to Pompeii will take you longer than the train trip. The journey by car is 242 kilometres which will take you around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Directions by car to Pompeii are as follows

  • Take the A24 out of Rome
  • Turn onto the E45 and follow for 234 kilometres
  • Take the Pompeii exit to follow for 650 meters
  • You have arrived (Now to find a parking place!)
Driving from Rome to Pompeii route

Be aware the above driving route from Rome involves a toll road. Driving in Italy can be somewhat unpredictable with the amount of traffic on the roads. I would not recommend hiring a car especially just to drive to Pompeii and back to Rome. A car would be great if you intend to explore the Amalfi Coast and areas around Pompeii

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entombed bodies at Pompeii Italy
The famous people frozen in time at Pompeii

Things to take to Pompeii

To make your day trip to Pompeii Italy easier here is a suggested list of things to bring along with you.

Visiting Pompeii in summer can be a hot and dry experience. Water is in short supply on the site with only one cafe to buy food and drinks. You are best to bring your water bottle and some of your own munchies, especially if you have children.

Rome tours to Pompeii.

A Pompeii day trip from Rome is another option to be considered. For many having to buy train tickets or drive a car in a foreign country can be too much. There are many Rome to Pompeii and Naples to Pompeii day tours available. Tour to Pompeii from Rome takes all the stress and organizing out of your hands

  • You don’t have to get to Rome Central Station
  • You don’t have to take the Rome to Naples train.
  • You don’t have buy train tickets in Naples
  • You will have a guide that will keep you informed on the journey out to Pompeii
  • Entry tickets to the sights are usually included
  • One price for everything for you Rome to Pompeii day trip
  • An organized tour of the sights when you visit Pompeii
  • If you have children you may be able to take some extras for them and then have somewhere to keep the extra bags so you don’t have to carry them around

Pompeii and Naples full day tour from Rome

Journey back in time and explore the Roman town of Pompeii, situated under the shadows of the Vesuvius volcano. Explore the dramatic site with a guide in your language and then go to Naples for a 1.5-hour panoramic bus tour.

  • Tours is rated 4.6/5 over 90 reviews
  • Transportation by air-conditioned GT coach with on-board assistance
  • Reserved pick-up and drop off area in front of the archaeological site of Pompeii
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Pompeii
  • Guided tour of Pompeii (available in several languages)
  • Reserved air-conditioned area at Pompeii
  • Full lunch
  • Limoncello tasting
  • Photo with a gladiator
  • Reserved toilet
  • Discounts at the souvenir shops
  • Panoramic 1.5-hour bus tour of Naples
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Duration – 13 hours

I would highly recommend, it was a great experience the staff and tour guides were amazing and very personable. I believe we got our money worth with this trip, they offered us a bus ride there and back from Pompeii, orange juice after our tour of Pompeii, three-course meal for lunch with wine and water included, a tour trip around Naples which was amazing!

George – December 2018

Pompeii Italy ruins
Dramatic skies over Pompeii

Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Vesuvius Tour: Day Trip Back in Time from Rome

You’ll travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private coach, accompanied and entertained all the way by your expert tour coordinator. Enjoy Skip-the-Line entry as one of Pompeii’s own officially licensed guides shows you around the city, painting a vivid picture of life in final days before the eruption. 

  • Rated 4.7/5 over 850 reviews
  • Duration 13 Hours
  • All transportation
  • Ticket and reservation fees for Vesuvius and Pompeii
  • Guide
  • Audio set to hear the guide wherever you are
  • Lunch of Neapolitan pizza and a drink

It was a lot of fun and I learned so much!! Thank you Roberto, Anna, and Antonio! And our guide in Pompeii, Giorgio! We were well taken care of on this tour. Well worth it.

Jennifer Ireland

For information and booking details for this tour click >HERE<

Gardens and buildings at Pompeii
A villa at Pompeii Italy

Now some of you may want to make the journey to Naples from Rome and then get onto a guided tour for the rest of the journey. There is a big saving to made if you can get to Naples yourself.

Pompeii: Half-Day Excursion from Naples or Sorrento

Explore the ruins of ancient Pompeii on a half-day excursion from either Naples or Sorrento. Your guide will show you many of the well-preserved buildings at the archaeological site that were covered by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

  • Rated 4.4/5 over 380 reviews
  • Duration 4 Hours
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, one of the world’s most popular archeological sites
  • See buildings and streets that were preserved by volcanic ash
  • Choose a departure from Naples or Sorrento, with round-trip transfers

Amazing place. Our guide was a very knowledgeable and friendly lady. We have learned so much during the excursion. The only drawback was that the time was too short to see everything Highly recommended

For information and booking details for this tour click > HERE <

Pompeii Opening Times

Pompeii is open all year round except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

From 1 April to 31 October, opening times are 9am-6pm Mon-Fri and 8.30 am-6pm on weekends

From 1 November to March 31 opening times at Pompeii are 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-3.30pm on weekends.

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Entrance fee to Pompeii

The Pompeii Archaeological Park is broken up into 3 sections. The sections are POMPEII, OPLONTIS, BOSCOREALE . 

Prices to enter the site will vary depending on how many sections you want to see. My suggestion is to pay 18 Euros for access to all three sites. I think the entrance fee to Pompeii is pretty reasonable.

We hope all this information provides you with all the information to fit Pompeii into your Rome itinerary. Rome to Pompeii really is very doable in a day, and we did so with two children under 10 in tow. Whether it is the train to Pompeii from Rome or an organized tour from Rome. There is something for every budget.

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Pompeii and Italy. There are so many things to do in Italy and visiting Pompeii is the perfect place to start in Italy. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Italy click through to our Italy Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

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2 thoughts on “How to get to Pompeii from Rome”

  1. Alfama coast? Wouldn’t that be the Amalfi coast?
    There is a another alternative to arrive at Pompeii from Naples. A tourist train is available to take one to the excavation sites from the Naples train station.


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